Blac Rabbit is an American psychedelic rock band based in Rockaway Beach, Queens, formed in the early 2010s. The band's songwriters are singer-guitarist twins Amiri and Rahiem Taylor, who are backed by Patrick Jones (drums) and Josh Lugo (bass). The band has released one EP.
Around 2013, identical twin brothers Amiri and Rahiem Taylor met Patrick "Sticks" Jones at an open mic at a Sam Ash music store in Brooklyn, New York City. Recent high-school graduates, the trio formed Blac Rabbit—the name Black Rabbit was already taken, they say. Bassist and occasional guitarist Josh Lugo joined later. The Taylors are known for covering the Beatles, whose music inspires Blac Rabbit, on the New York City Subway; both brothers sing and play guitar. The band is based in Rockaway Beach, Queens.Blac Rabbit released the song "All Good" as a single in June 2016. The song was included on their six-track debut extended play (EP), self-titled Blac Rabbit, which was released digitally by How Far Music on December 22, 2017. The EP was recorded in the Taylors' and their manager's houses and mixed by Rahiem. "Hazy guitar riffs and rumbling bass are steadfast throughout the EP," wrote music critic Olivia D'Orazio, "and the echoey vocals whisk you from one song to another."In February 2018, a recording of the Taylors playing the Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" received 3 million views on Twitter and 14 million on Facebook. The recognition increased the number of the band's Twitter followers from around 500 to 16,700 in two days. The band had to update their website from traffic spurred by the 48-second video.With more exposure, the band began to perform outside the subway with bookings in music venues. The band went on a 16-date tour of the East Coast from June 15 to July 3, 2018. On early tour dates outside New York City, Rahiem later said, audiences who had only seen the Taylors' Ellen appearance thought they were a cover band and asked for Beatles tunes, which they still used to end sets. Amiri said their toughest crowd was in Montreal, where the audience had put on their "game face". In July 2018, the Taylors said that the group's new record, titled Interstella, would come out in August or September.
The Taylors describe their original music as psychedelic rock, influenced by the Beatles, Radiohead, 1980s music, and contemporaries MGMT, Tame Impala, and Toro y Moi. Rahiem has said, "We just want to make wholesome, melodic, digestible but also very intelligent, deep, thought-provoking music." The band performs both Beatles covers and original songs with a "vintage" sound.Journalist Erin White wrote, "Their music has all of the positivity and optimism of an LSD trip with none of the existential dread." According to José Heinz of La Voz del Interior, the band is "as indebted to the sounds of the '60s as to this era's New York scene." The band's EP fuses surf and psychedelic music, with some tracks leaning toward funk. The Taylors' vocals, flavored with reverb, have drawn comparison to Tame Impala.